Brazil lawmakers open session ahead of impeachment vote

Deputies hold signs reading "Impeachment now" and "Bye darling" during a session in the lower house of the Brazilian Congress in Brasilia on April 16, 2016
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Brasília (AFP) – Brazil’s lower house of Congress opened final debate Sunday ahead a vote on impeaching President Dilma Rousseff amid chaotic scenes as rival deputies sang patriotic songs and waved placards in the chamber.

After party leaders completed their final statements, the 513 deputies were to vote on whether to send Rousseff to the Senate for possible trial. A two thirds majority, or 342 votes, were needed for the vote to pass.

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